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50th Street Station Groundbreaking50th Street Station Groundbreaking<div class="ExternalClass7ED01AD90CEA4119AC761927891DBC90"><p></p><p><strong>WHAT:           </strong><strong>50th Street Station Groundbreaking</strong><br></p><p><em>Construction begins on the first capital project for Phoenix Transportation 2050</em><em>  </em></p><p><strong>WHO:</strong>             City of Phoenix and Valley Metro</p><p><strong>WHEN:</strong>           Wednesday, June 7 8–9 a.m.</p><p><strong>WHERE:</strong>         Ability360, Rooftop, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix</p><p><strong>WHY:</strong><strong>             </strong><strong>What makes the 50th Street Station unique? </strong></p><p><strong>First station added to the existing Valley Metro Rail line, with unique accessibility features.</strong> <br></p><p>From a wider platform to accommodate mobility devices to enhanced shading, this station is a model of accessibility. Interview future users and learn about its significance to the disability community.</p><p>The project is the first light rail project under Phoenix Transportation 2050, funded by the support of Phoenix voters. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and councilmembers detail what's been done since T2050 passed and what's next.</p><p><strong>REMARKS:</strong><strong>    </strong></p><p><strong></strong>Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton</p><p>Phoenix Councilmember and T2050 Campaign Chair Kate Gallego</p><p>Phoenix Councilmember, Transportation Infrastructure Subcommittee Chair, Valley Metro Board Chair Thelda Williams</p><p>Future 50th St/Washington station users</p><p>Businesses owners near the new station </p><p><br></p><p><strong>About Transportation 2050:</strong> In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the city of Phoenix <a href="/T2050">T2050 page</a> or follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus?lang=en">Twitter</a>.</p><p><strong>About Valley Metro:</strong> Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">Twitter</a> or visiting <a href="http://www.valleymetro.org/"><em>valleymetro.org</em></a>.</p></div>6/6/2017 7:00:00 AMLars Jacoby 602-261-8254 or Brenda Yanez 602-261-8392